Balance the following redox reactions by ion-electron method:
Question:

Balance the following redox reactions by ion-electron method:

(a) $\mathrm{MnO}_{4}^{-}$(aq) $+\mathrm{I}^{-}$(aq) $\rightarrow \mathrm{MnO}_{2}$ (s) $+\mathrm{I}_{2}$ (s) (in basic medium)

(b) $\mathrm{MnO}_{4}^{-}$(aq) $+\mathrm{SO}_{2}(\mathrm{~g}) \rightarrow \mathrm{Mn}^{2+}(\mathrm{aq})+\mathrm{HSO}_{4}^{-}$(aq) (in acidic solution)

(c) $\mathrm{H}_{2} \mathrm{O}_{2}$ (aq) $+\mathrm{Fe}^{2+}$ (aq) $\rightarrow \mathrm{Fe}^{3+}$ (aq) $+\mathrm{H}_{2} \mathrm{O}$ (I) (in acidic solution)

(d) $\mathrm{Cr}_{2} \mathrm{O}_{7}^{2-}+\mathrm{SO}_{2}(\mathrm{~g}) \rightarrow \mathrm{Cr}^{3+}(\mathrm{aq})+\mathrm{SO}_{4}^{2-}(\mathrm{aq})($ in acidic solution $)$

Solution:

(a) Step 1: The two half reactions involved in the given reaction are:

Step 2:

Balancing I in the oxidation half reaction, we have:

Now, to balance the charge, we add 2 e to the RHS of the reaction.

Step 3:

In the reduction half reaction, the oxidation state of Mn has reduced from +7 to +4. Thus, 3 electrons are added to the LHS of the reaction.

Now, to balance the charge, we add 4 OH ions to the RHS of the reaction as the reaction is taking place in a basic medium.

Step 4:

In this equation, there are 6 O atoms on the RHS and 4 O atoms on the LHS. Therefore, two water molecules are added to the LHS.

Step 5:

Equalising the number of electrons by multiplying the oxidation half reaction by 3 and the reduction half reaction by 2, we have:

Step 6:

Adding the two half reactions, we have the net balanced redox reaction as:


(b)Following the steps as in part (a), we have the oxidation half reaction as:

And the reduction half reaction as:

Multiplying the oxidation half reaction by 5 and the reduction half reaction by 2, and then by adding them, we have the net balanced redox reaction as:

(c) Following the steps as in part (a), we have the oxidation half reaction as:

And the reduction half reaction as:

Multiplying the oxidation half reaction by 2 and then adding it to the reduction half reaction, we have the net balanced redox reaction as:

(d) Following the steps as in part (a), we have the oxidation half reaction as:

And the reduction half reaction as:

Multiplying the oxidation half reaction by 3 and then adding it to the reduction half reaction, we have the net balanced redox reaction as:

 

 

 

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